Feb. 15, 2014
Long Beach, Calif. - Junior point guard Mike Caffey scored 18 points, 14 coming in the second half, guiding the 49ers to a 74-65 win over Cal Poly Saturday night while becoming the 23rd player in Long Beach State history to score 1,000 career points. Tyler Lamb led all scorers with 19 points, while Dan Jennings and Travis Hammondsalso finished in double-figures for Long Beach State.
An early collision left Caffey visibly hobbled against the Mustangs, but the junior was able to hang on for 37 total minutes and help lead Long Beach State to the win, keeping alive Long Beach State's conference streak of wins following a loss.
A slow-paced first half ended with Long Beach State (11-14, 7-4 Big West) in the lead by two points, 28-26, but action picked up in the second half. Chris Eversley hit a quick jumper to put Cal Poly (9-15, 5-6 Big West) in front with 18:04 left to play, but the 49ers bounced right back with a basket on the next trip to regain the lead.
Leading 36-35 with 14:46, Lamb took control in the hottest stretch of play. Starting out by getting to the line on two straight possessions, Lamb hit 3-of-4 from the stripe, and then hit back-to-back 3-pointers. The junior finished a two-minute stretch outscoring the Mustangs 11-3 in a run leading to the second media timeout, and Long Beach State never trailed by more than four the rest of the way.
Cal Poly pulled to within six with 3:05 remaining, but Hammonds drew a trip to the line, hitting both foul shots, and a David Samuelstip-in the next time down brought the lead back to double-digits with less than two minutes to play.
A Caffey jump shot with 8:36 to play sent the guard past the 1,000 point career mark, and the junior ended up with 18 points total, passing Bryon Russell and George Trapp in the process to sit 21st in scoring in school history. Caffey is also just the 7th player in school history to record 1,000 points and 300 assists in a career.
Long Beach State will take to the road for the next contest, traveling to UC Davis for a 7 p.m. tip-off at The Pavilion.
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